This study analyses the policy process for selected elements of the Physical
Education, School Sport and Club Links (PESSCL) strategy in England. The
background to the policy context provides a chronological account of the
changing pOlitical ideologies and policy priorities of UK governments since the
1970s. Theoretical frameworks for policy analysis are examined and the
selection of the multiple streams and advocacy coalition frameworks as two
meso-Ievel theoretical tools for the analysis of the policy process is presented.
The epistemological assumptions are underpinned by a 'critical realist'
perspective. The empirical section of the study describes the use of case
studies, semi-structured interviews and documentary analysis as the
approaches selected for data collection. It is argued that by repositioning itself
to deliver government policy objectives, physical education and school sport
has a stronger and more visible role to play in government policy-making. It is
acknowledged that divisions centred upon traditional education and sport
discourses remain within the policy subsystem. Organisations such as AfPE
and LEAs are increasingly positioned at the margins of the PESSCL strategy
and policy-making for physical education and school sport. It is suggested that
as the PESSCL strategy has embedded there is evidence of an emerging
advocacy coalition for physical education and school sport led by the YST.
A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University